For the first time in the last five years, judicial authorities in Zambezia province did not record cases of illegal logging in the Gilé national reserve.
The good news was announced by the District Attorney in Gilé and the presiding judge of the district’s judicial court.
District Attorney António Branco revealed that judicial processes related to illegal logging had fallen from an average of 15 cases a year between 2015-2016 to zero last year,
Branco said that the population was increasingly aware of the role played by the forest in life in general, Rádo Moçambique reports.
In turn, the Judge President of the judicial court of Gilé, Alde Passarela, said he felt that the inclusion of forestry infractions in the penal code had been decisive in arresting illegal logging in the Gilé national reserve.
Illegal logging can attract sentences of up to twelve years of prison.